India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai, 3rd day November 24, 2011

India's big guns lead strong response

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India 281 for 3 (Dravid 82, Tendulkar 67*, Gambhir 55) trail West Indies 590 (Bravo 166, Edwards 86, Powell 81, Ashwin 5-156) by 309 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the third day in a row, the batsmen had an easy time at the Wankhede Stadium. Several of India's batting heavyweights helped themselves to half-centuries as the home side got halfway to West Indies' 590. Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid didn't make it to triple figures, but Sachin Tendulkar was well on his way towards reaching the most talked-about milestone of the year.

West Indies didn't declare overnight, allowing their final pair to bat on, and after 15 minutes of entertaining tail-ender swings, Devendra Bishoo was bowled by offspinner R Ashwin, who completed his second five-wicket haul in his debut series.

A typically quick start followed from India's openers: Virender Sehwag routinely scything the ball through cover, and Gambhir poking the ball either side of point for runs. Gambhir was a touch loose to start with - chasing and missing several wide deliveries and surviving an early lbw appeal off Fidel Edwards - before getting more fluent.

Edwards and Ravi Rampaul bowled with aggression but there wasn't much extra bounce or sideways movement to encourage them. West Indies resorted to a defensive field half an hour into the innings - seven fielders on the off side, with two of them in the deep in front of point.

It was the least pacy of the West Indian quicks, Darren Sammy, who snapped the opening stand at 67. He got one to slide past Sehwag's inside-edge and hit the stumps, signalling with three fingers that it was the third time he had dismissed Sehwag in the series.

The tempo was predictably slower after Sehwag's exit, and West Indies could have added to the advantage after lunch. Dravid seemed to have hurt his back after slipping when Gambhir turned down a single. Gambhir had a reprieve when he guided Sammy towards first slip, where Kirk Edwards made a lazy attempt at a catch, barely getting a finger on the ball.

After those close calls, Gambhir and Dravid were more solid against the West Indian quicks. Dravid reached 13,000 runs by classically driving a half-volley for four, while Gambhir's increasing confidence was on display as he launched one over midwicket to reach his half-century. With Bishoo off the field for half the post-lunch session, getting his injured knee attended to, Dravid feasted on Marlon Samuels' gentle offbreaks, crashing him through covers for successive fours.

Both batsmen were set, and the track was still a shirtfront, but West Indies managed to wheedle out a wicket, when Rampaul banged in a bouncer that Gambhir threw his bat at. The ball flew through to the keeper, and though the Snickometer showed nothing, the umpire was convinced there was an edge.

The crowd wasn't too disappointed since it brought in Sachin Tendulkar, continuing his quest for the century that has eluded him since March. Tendulkar used his feet well against the spinners right from the start, and quickly progressed to 20. After tea, the crowd had more to cheer as he upper-cut Fidel Edwards into the stands beyond third man. It was a shot he repeated against a quicker one from Samuels, getting four for his effort.

Dravid, meanwhile, worked his way to 1000 runs for the year, and his half-century soon after. He showed his presence of mind off the final delivery before tea: after he defended the ball, it spun alarmingly back towards the stumps, but he reacted just in time, booting the ball away when the it was inches away from the wickets.

His sixth hundred of 2011 - his personal-best for a calendar year - seemed inevitable as he soldiered on untroubled after tea, jumping down the track to power Bishoo over mid-on before powerfully square-cutting Edwards for another boundary. He coaxed the ball past mid-off to move into the eighties, but was dismissed off the next delivery, top-edging on to the stumps.

Tendulkar carried on, unfurling several stylish boundaries to march past 50, a landmark that was greeted by his home ground with expected boisterousness. VVS Laxman also joined in the fun, showing off the wristy whips to midwicket that make him such a delight to watch. Both had a moment of worry each: Laxman top-edging towards a vacant point region, and Tendulkar surviving on 58 as Cartlon Baugh put down a regulation outside edge.

Those two wickets would have swung the match in West Indies' favour. Instead, with only 13 wickets toppled in three days, and the track showing little signs of degenerating, it remains an even game with chances of an outright result receding.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Sri_iyer. How about that? Sorry sir, Dravid has played 277innings in 160 tests Sachin 300plus in 184 testsand your entire arithmetics I am afraid is wrong.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 25, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Amidst this hoopla by Sachin fanatics and the absurd wicket by the curator to aid his century, team interest became secondary and it so happened that the young and talented visitors piled on nearly 600 runs on this batting paradise and India was staring down the barrel of follow-on. Thanks to Ashwin's batting heroics that we are saved from those blushes. How shameful the cricketing culture of our country can get? Sachin will be perceived as more and more repulsive courtesy the raucous nature of his fanatics and the myopic approach of his fanatic curator. Shame!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    dhoni back to his true self. Even in the previous match he was caught behind on 9 and 13 off no-balls before he scored 144. He looks out of place in tests with that peculiar footwork. Even Ashwin looks more assured. I don't see him performing well in Australia and this may prove to be a big problem for India like it did in England(tests).

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    This is very very clear, as its a Big mistake of Sachin of choosing BAD shot at RIGHT Time... And it seems Sachin needs a strong player opposite to make this 100th record without Nervous, like someone who always communicate with him from the opposite end. Like an example of his 200 runs against SA. I was expecting Dhoni when Laxman out, because, in some what he can do it with supporting Sachin from opposite end. But anyhow, the whole team is not playing for this Record of Sachin... only the Media... the Fans and Everyone around the world making this as big news and putting a strong tension on him. NOW!!! DUE TO THIS... We are playing to avoid the FOLLOW ON!!! PLEASE Forget the Records... he already have more in hand... Lets play for Winning... as the Whole Team still needs more to Prove... Where as Sachin already proved almost everything in the past 25 years of his Cricket life

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 25, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Sachin goes in the 90s, fell short of a century. Tough times for India in Australia. Hope he retires at least now or plays proper cricket in Australia without carrying the baggage of 100th century. We don't want that meaningless century to impact our team's dynamics on such an important tour.

  • POSTED BY ATG1207 on | November 25, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Goddddd!. I never wake up earling in the morning, today i did to watch him get to the magical figure. Now i wish what I saw was a dream seeing sachin dismissed without getting to THE Hundred. So close, yet so far. Sachin you should have followed what you son says, go for a 6 when you are on 94. Anyways, the nation would be waiting the next time. Hail Sachin!!!

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | November 25, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Instead of quarelling over who the better batsman is between Sachin and Dravid ( both are legends), I think genuine cricket fans should ask cricinfo to publish an article about Dravid, because remember those 2 players are not fighting among themselves. Rather we are , over them. So, we should drop it, and ask cricinfo to give Dravid some well deserved respect for reaching 13,000 runs. Cmon my fellow readers, i want to see requests for an article on THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA. People with half his runs are widely respected in the cricket arena, then why this disregard towards Dravid?

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | November 25, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    @John Duch: You are spot on. I think, there is a mindset... in curators.. that more the number of runs.. better the pitch. Atleast this is the mindset for alot of people.. and it results in pitches like this.. and matches like this. It pushes a young cricketer to become a batsman.. rather than a bowler. And then you land up with what india faces today... a dearth of batsmen.... but no high quality bowling. There is not one imposing bowler today in the Indian line up who can consistently trouble a quality batsmen. Zaheer was one.. but he has way too many fitness problems.. I cant think of another..

  • POSTED BY D.Sharma on | November 25, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    There is no point using the number of matches when comparing players from a player's debut. It is not Dravid or Sachin's fault that Dravid has managed to keep himself fit to play those extra games in the same time period.

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | November 25, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    @kapsy & @cricketisagame

    Guys please be FAIR while comparing any stats ! lets have a look at ur stats regarding Sachin and Dravid After dravid's debut in 96, he scored about 13061 runs and sachin scored 12524 runs so yeah Dravid scored some 500 runs more but he played 159 tests while Sachin played only 145 !! 14 tests and only difference of only 500 make clearly Sachin well ahead of Dravid. Btw Dravid scored at 53.33 average while Sachin scored at 57.18 after dravid's debut!! And in same time Sachin scored 42 hundreds in 145 matches and Dravid 36 in 159 matches.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Sri_iyer. How about that? Sorry sir, Dravid has played 277innings in 160 tests Sachin 300plus in 184 testsand your entire arithmetics I am afraid is wrong.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 25, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Amidst this hoopla by Sachin fanatics and the absurd wicket by the curator to aid his century, team interest became secondary and it so happened that the young and talented visitors piled on nearly 600 runs on this batting paradise and India was staring down the barrel of follow-on. Thanks to Ashwin's batting heroics that we are saved from those blushes. How shameful the cricketing culture of our country can get? Sachin will be perceived as more and more repulsive courtesy the raucous nature of his fanatics and the myopic approach of his fanatic curator. Shame!

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    dhoni back to his true self. Even in the previous match he was caught behind on 9 and 13 off no-balls before he scored 144. He looks out of place in tests with that peculiar footwork. Even Ashwin looks more assured. I don't see him performing well in Australia and this may prove to be a big problem for India like it did in England(tests).

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    This is very very clear, as its a Big mistake of Sachin of choosing BAD shot at RIGHT Time... And it seems Sachin needs a strong player opposite to make this 100th record without Nervous, like someone who always communicate with him from the opposite end. Like an example of his 200 runs against SA. I was expecting Dhoni when Laxman out, because, in some what he can do it with supporting Sachin from opposite end. But anyhow, the whole team is not playing for this Record of Sachin... only the Media... the Fans and Everyone around the world making this as big news and putting a strong tension on him. NOW!!! DUE TO THIS... We are playing to avoid the FOLLOW ON!!! PLEASE Forget the Records... he already have more in hand... Lets play for Winning... as the Whole Team still needs more to Prove... Where as Sachin already proved almost everything in the past 25 years of his Cricket life

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 25, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Sachin goes in the 90s, fell short of a century. Tough times for India in Australia. Hope he retires at least now or plays proper cricket in Australia without carrying the baggage of 100th century. We don't want that meaningless century to impact our team's dynamics on such an important tour.

  • POSTED BY ATG1207 on | November 25, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Goddddd!. I never wake up earling in the morning, today i did to watch him get to the magical figure. Now i wish what I saw was a dream seeing sachin dismissed without getting to THE Hundred. So close, yet so far. Sachin you should have followed what you son says, go for a 6 when you are on 94. Anyways, the nation would be waiting the next time. Hail Sachin!!!

  • POSTED BY Yolk_Eater on | November 25, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Instead of quarelling over who the better batsman is between Sachin and Dravid ( both are legends), I think genuine cricket fans should ask cricinfo to publish an article about Dravid, because remember those 2 players are not fighting among themselves. Rather we are , over them. So, we should drop it, and ask cricinfo to give Dravid some well deserved respect for reaching 13,000 runs. Cmon my fellow readers, i want to see requests for an article on THE GREAT WALL OF INDIA. People with half his runs are widely respected in the cricket arena, then why this disregard towards Dravid?

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | November 25, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    @John Duch: You are spot on. I think, there is a mindset... in curators.. that more the number of runs.. better the pitch. Atleast this is the mindset for alot of people.. and it results in pitches like this.. and matches like this. It pushes a young cricketer to become a batsman.. rather than a bowler. And then you land up with what india faces today... a dearth of batsmen.... but no high quality bowling. There is not one imposing bowler today in the Indian line up who can consistently trouble a quality batsmen. Zaheer was one.. but he has way too many fitness problems.. I cant think of another..

  • POSTED BY D.Sharma on | November 25, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    There is no point using the number of matches when comparing players from a player's debut. It is not Dravid or Sachin's fault that Dravid has managed to keep himself fit to play those extra games in the same time period.

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | November 25, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    @kapsy & @cricketisagame

    Guys please be FAIR while comparing any stats ! lets have a look at ur stats regarding Sachin and Dravid After dravid's debut in 96, he scored about 13061 runs and sachin scored 12524 runs so yeah Dravid scored some 500 runs more but he played 159 tests while Sachin played only 145 !! 14 tests and only difference of only 500 make clearly Sachin well ahead of Dravid. Btw Dravid scored at 53.33 average while Sachin scored at 57.18 after dravid's debut!! And in same time Sachin scored 42 hundreds in 145 matches and Dravid 36 in 159 matches.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    @loksh.agarlal. What can we do about this problem. We also have these kinds of pitches in the West Indies and in my opinion it is harming the development of our young cricketers.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    @cricketisagame and @Kapsy2 - Let's not compare oranges to apples. Since Dravid debuted Tendulkar has played 14 less test matches and 31 less innings. Lets talk about whopping difference in numbers now. Per the career average of Sachin,it takes less than 10 innings to score the less than 500 runs difference. Lets not try to belittle one of these two players just to show that your "Hero" is better. Both Sachin and Dravid are equally great players and have helped the cause of India numerous times. Its time that we appreciate their career especially now both are at the twilight of their careers. For me, Dravid has played more match saving innings/more useful contributions in test cricket than did Tendulkar. For the record, I am a great Tendulkar fan and Dravid is rated after Sachin in my book.

    Sachin from Jun20 1996 145 245 26 12524 248* 57.18 23018 54.40 42 50 11 1613 59 Dravid Career - 159 276 32 12979 270 53.19 30509 42.54 36 61 1617 21 209

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    Dravid is the emperor of Indian batting in the kingdom of flamboyant stroke makers. He builds the Indian innings brick by brick and ensures that the eddifice is complete for the interior decorators to take over. He scores tough runs in difficult situations. The perfect alignment of mind and body has no better role model than a top class rahul dravid innings. Except for the last two seasons, he has been India's best slipper. Humble courteous and polite to a fault, something tells me that the likes of him and VVS would nver return to Indian/world cricket. He is a legend set in stone. History will take care of the rest.

  • POSTED BY trinisteve on | November 25, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    While India has and also had some of the best batsmen in the world , has any of them ever scored 300 plus , or maybe 400 . Well then what about 500. All this hype about stats. Good cricketers are Great entertainers, Great cricketers are unforgetable. Many of the contributors need to visit the archives or pre 2000 You Tube clips to appreciate what cricket was all about and the passion in which is was played.

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | November 24, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    Personal milestones should be put aside as India still have an upheaval task of playing catch up cricket. To me, whether Sachin get century or not, team interest is important as saving the match must come first. India is not going to win the match. West Indies can only win if they play exceptionally well in the next two days. India must bat out until tea to make a West Indies''s victory a slim possibly. India cannot afford get too cocky, as it has contributed to their downfall recently. I hope India can bat for long periods by playing long innings. Although the series has been clinched; it would be still a test of character of the Indian team to show that they are still a good test nation. India boost quality batting line up and they have delivered so far. The good work must continue. The track is flat. To be honest it will not benefit their bowling, as Indian still need to improve in this area as worryingly West Indies posted a big first innings total.

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | November 24, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    For all the people coming in with comments accusing India of being "flat track bullies".... FYI..Flat tracks help both sides. West Indies also scored big.... so lets not go down that road again. That being said.. this whole series was a waste. Not because it was against West Indies... no.. thats not the reason. It was the pitch, in all the matches. Nothing in it for the bowlers. No Pace, No bounce. It just takes out all the fun from watching test cricket. Its fun watching batsmen play their shots. But its not fun when they dont have to work hard for it at all. No sideways movement, and even bounce. There is no negotiation between bat and ball. It just becomes boring when that happens over 3-4 days in a test match. West Indies have a lot of positives to take though. Their batsmen adjusted to conditions and started applying themselves really well. Talk about learning from mistakes. Credit to India too... they did what they were expected to do ->not lose at home....

  • POSTED BY Sri_Iyer on | November 24, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    @Hemanxu, thanks for pointing the error in my calculation, the revised calculation does point to Sangakkara going to over 16500 runs if he plays as many innings as Tendulkar. However, in order to play the same number of innings (302) he will need 129 more innings, which even in the most optimistic scenario could be 65 tests. Accounting for 10 tests each year, that will be 6 and a half years that Sanga will have to perform at the same level, and he will be over 40 by then.. don't see that happening. As for Kallis, he has a much better chance of nearing 15000 in the next 3 years, and finishing no.2 on the list. Doesn't take away from Dravid's achievements anyway

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 24, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    This test is now unfortunately all about Sachin's 100th. Whilst he has been a magnificent player and nowhere his peak, although still a top player, for a number of years this is still a test match that Ind should be trying to win despite facing 590 on the board with 3 days to go. WI bowling whilst disciplined was unthreatening and with our supposed brilliant batting line up we should have much bigger inroads. The pitch is pathetic and has been since day one. Hopefully Tendulkar will get his 100th so sporting wickets can once again be prepared at the Wankhede and get focus back on rebuilding the test team. It's hard to criticise Dravid after all he's done this year but he uncharacteristically gave it away today as did Gambhir. Sammy's ball to Sehwag is a concern as Sehwag is susceptible to the legcutter and on a slow pitch there is really no excuse for not covering the movement. He will have to watch out for this in Aus.

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | November 24, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    @Kapsy2 , great.. love that mate. Hope all the God's disciples read this stat too and give the great WALL the credit he deserves.

  • POSTED BY kitten on | November 24, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Dravid is a class act, make no mistake, and he has been a saviour of the Indian Team on numerous occasions. Instead of talking about Tendulkar's anticipated achievement tomorrow, let us spend a moment to applaud Dravid on reaching his milestone of 13000 runs, and also 1000 runs in 2011!! What a marvellous player. Take a bow Dravid, the world honours you. We will talk about Tendulkar tomorrow, after he has completed the little task of scoring 33 runs.

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | November 24, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    All you BCCI bashers, wake up and look at the harsh realities of economics of managing cricket. Even the SA and Australia boards, which are supposedly Test lovers, only scheduled two Tests (which I agree is less) and two T20s.

    And those guys who are bashing Sachin for low strike rate, the team including Tendulkar knows that the first task is to avoid the follow on (Sachin/VVS partnership is important to get some run and then have Dhoni and Kohli play freely and score fast). Unless you play for 9 days on this pitch, WI has the upper hand in this match.

  • POSTED BY FaisaLKarim on | November 24, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Soft bowling lineups and these run-fests are what's destroying the game of cricket. Wake up BCCI, groom some good bowlers and make some lively pitches so cricket can be entertaining again.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    @kaspy,I agree that Sachin scored 500 runs less than Dravid after his debut. But considering his injuring in the past decade, this 500 runs is nothing and that rates Sachin above Dravid. I am not saying that Dravid is bad. But Sachin is something special that cannot explain in words.

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | November 24, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    India should have scored at a run rate of 4 per over as they lost only 3 wickets and all the batsmen were well set. If they bat the entire 4th day and get a small or medium lead, then the WI batting will be tested on the 5th day on a deteriorating pitch. As a higher ranked team, India will have to try and force a result in this match.

  • POSTED BY muthuthewaves on | November 24, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    ppl sayin this pitch is prepared flat for sachin to score a 100. A man who scored 99 centuries all over the world who scored a century in lightning quick pitch in perth at the age of 19 doesn't need a flat track. So sit and back and watch the little master scoring his 100th ton.

  • POSTED BY maddy1986 on | November 24, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    very upset with the quality of the pitch , if this fashion continues then india lost the favour of indian fans for test matches !!!!

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | November 24, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    For all the over optimistic Indian fans...get real.......... it is highly unlikely for India to win this test.........tomorrow is day 4..the have play catch up clear off the deficit..plus put up a reasonable total for W.I to chase.India already trails by 309 runs..even if they make 400 tomorrow providing that all wickets are intact...it will be a task..As I see it W.I are more n favour of winning or this will head to a draw.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | November 24, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Way to bring test cricket back to the gutter following the exciting aus-sa series. When people complain about India being called flat track bullies, just remember this one. Nothing but an exercise in inflating the averages of average players.

  • POSTED BY SachinsCup on | November 24, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Let me say at the outset that I am a BIG Sachin fan and am fervently hoping that he gets his 100th ton tomorrow ....however, I appalled at Cricinfo's utter disregard for THE WALL Rahul Dravid. Only the second person to reach 13,000 runs in Test cricket and there is not a single article/editorial/opinion on his contributions to Indian cricket. How can we be so thankless as a country to this great ambassador of cricket??

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    I hope it is a 3-0 whitewash!

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    cricketdebator, carlton baugh has been incredibly good with the gloves, but yes his batting has been poor. Some good keepers have almost made it mandatory that keepers are good batsman. I really don't agree, they need to be picked for their keeping skills. It is good enough if the keeper can play well with tail and make 50s once in a while. baugh seems a good talent Windies must persist with

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | November 24, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    It's pitches like this which completely devalue the careers of players like Sachin and Dravid.

    It's impossible not to score runs, Boycotts Gran with her stick o' Rhubarb would struggle not to get a quick twenty. The groundstaff/governing body seem to want to devalue the 100th 100. He'll get it when he gets it. if he doesn't well, like Bradman and his 99.90 average it will have no effect on how he is remembered as a player.

    Hopefully, for cricket, the pitch will suddenly come alive and 10 wickets will fall on day 4 setting up a result.

  • POSTED BY rajhe1 on | November 24, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    I think its really ridiculous of my fellow indians to associate Tendulkar with God and talk about worshiping him . I just wish that we would stick to appreciating our movie stars / cricketers and other VIPs for their skill and what they do and not make a demi-god out of them . Also doing this must be very intimidating for Tendulkars teammates and especially the youngsters who are coming into the team.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | November 24, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    People don't make a fool of yourself my making silly statements like Wankhede's pitch was made for sachin's 100th 100............or sachin is flat track bully.......

    Sachin is by far the greatest batsman to have ever played.....full-stop!

  • POSTED BY Kapsy2 on | November 24, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Another way to look at the statistics. Both Sachin and Dravid were born in 1973. But Sachin started 6 years before Dravid. Any guess who has scored more runs in test cricket since the day Dravid debuted! Dravid leads by a whopping 500 runs. Since then Dravid has scored 13000 runs and Sachin is at 12500.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    btw for ponting figures for s.a/eng come to 2358@43.66

  • POSTED BY cricketdebator on | November 24, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    I would like to think this is the end of Baugh as our test wicketkeeper. We need a much more reliable gloveman, and certainly one who is good enough for a hundred with the bat. The trouble is, we don't seem to have any around. Can anyone suggest a good and capable wicket keeping batsman for West Indies?

  • POSTED BY luck002 on | November 24, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Hopefully,SRT gets his 100 tom(sincerely praying to god).It will help him play with less pressure in AUS.JAMMY is back to his best.I personally think he is our best bet in AUS. Last time,one of the reasons we lost there was because of DRAVID's almost forceful negative approach(remember people clapping whenever he scored a run!!),although it was due to Sehwag's absence in 1st 2 tests.THE WALL was pivotal in 2003-04 draw,and this time hopefully he will help us win down under.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Friendliness of the two teams to each other, and of course the mutual appreciation of the two sets of fans for the opposing teams, make beautiful contrasts to the acrimonious debates, say between Poms Vs Aussies or Poms Vs Indians. Delightful to see a gentleman's game, played and followed in the most lovely manner. The beauty is that both teams are also trying to play real hard competitive tests, except that in this particular one, their sincere efforts seem to be doused by a somnambulist pitch. Bowlers on both sides should get full marks for their almost heart/back breaking efforts; but the pitch seem to have some kind of hypnotic sleep-inducing sway over the fielders, on all the three days. Of course, we should all learn to enjoy both low scoring tests as well as high scoring ones. Otherwise where is the variety, change of pace, and equitable balancing acts for the batsmen & bowlers, at least over a series.

  • POSTED BY cheguramana on | November 24, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Such matches are a disservice to Test cricket. Sachn has nothing left to achieve, he does not have to prove anything to anybody. BCCI wud be far better off producing the kind of sporting pitches, where both batsmen and bowlers can thrive. The series between SA and Aus showed jus how gripping test cricket can be. Regardless of WI's current standing, tough competitive cricket is urely better for the game than he kind of match now in progress.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | November 24, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Sad attempt to help Sachin Tendulkar by the curator. Can somebody please tell this idiot that Sachin does not need help.

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | November 24, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Please don't bash me for making such an outrageous comment! :) I think Sachin is playing a selfish inning. A batsman of his calibre, on such a batting friendly pitch, against a tired and dispirited bowling attack, a strike rate of just around 50 is not acceptable. Especially since he does play IPL, ODIs and every form of the game under the sun.

    I mean this lack of killer instinct is not going to help India regain the #1 ranking again. Runs needed to flow in a blip off the bats of these great batsmen, and everyone other than Tendulkar seemed to understand this. It is entirely possible (although a terrible accusation against such a great batsman), that Tendulkar has taken on the rest of this match for selfish purpose of scoring his next i.e. 100th century. And if Tendulkar gets out shortly after scoring a slow century, it will only go towards enforcing this idea, imo.

    So, I do feel guilty of accusing Tendulkar of this heinous crime of being selfish, but is this baseless? I think not.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    I think after Sachin gets his 100th it will be a big load of his shoulder and he will start playing a lot more freely. Won't be surprised if he gets to 110 within the next year. I predict a golden 2012 for Sachin!!

  • POSTED BY Hemanxu on | November 24, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    @Sri_Iyer, there is a slight miscalculation in your comment. Dravid reached the milestone in the277th Test Innings of his 160th Test Match. Also the average is calculated based on the number of Innings played and not the number of Matches played, nonetheless your estimation of the number of runs are close but close enough. As per my calculation, Sangakkara will have reached 16511 runs at the end of the 302nd innings (since Tendulkar is playing his 302nd Test innings) and the only other person who can overtake hime is Sehwag. This assumption is based on that IF they play that many tests and that many innings. But then Sehwag and Sangakkara is a opener and 1 down batsman respectively.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    @Sri_Iyer - those great guys care little about numbers. It is the fans like us who fret on the by-products.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    for the ill informed who always talk abt sachin scoring runs on flat tracks in india

    Lara in oz/eng/sa 3578@45.28,Sangakara 1303 @39.47,Kallis in oz/england 1501@37.52,dravid oz/eng/s.a 2968 @48.65,laxman 2233@43.78,sachin 428@53.16,sehwag 1493@38.28,,mohd .yousuf 1650@38.36,inzamam 1789@35.77,younis khan 1034@43.07,jaywardene 1202@33.38,,hayden,s.a/eng 1176@34.58,petersen oz/s.a 1027@46.67 ,...so one can seeclearly from above figures given how many people know are ignorant when they talk abt sachin scores on flat tracks etc on sub continent,,i hope this crap stops now after reading my comments

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    India has prepared a pitch, on that even westindies batsmen were able to pass 550 runs. They are dieing to see tendulkar get a 100th century. So stage is set for him to get a 100 on a dead pitch.. anyway if he fails again tomorrow, thn dedicate anyone's else century to Tendulkar, so that Indians wait may over. Because no one can make more dead pitch thn this one... What a shame

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    @ Sri_Iyer: thats an interesting statistic,but you have not considered the age of the cricketers. Dravid being the eldest will not play as many matches i.e.184 matches. Kallis, almost 3 years younger than dravid, will most probably end up as the second highest run scrorer.he also has a shot at sachin's centuries

  • POSTED BY shilsen on | November 24, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @Mayank Pahuja: The pitch in SA led to a fascinating match which ended in an absolute nail-biter. So what if it lasted 3 days? There was more excitement and skill displayed in those 3 days than there would be in 3 full matches on the surface created in Mumbai. That is the difference between the two.

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | November 24, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Yeah Indians are "flat track" bullies thats why they have players who have scored more runs away then many end up getting in their entire careers.........

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    leave the man alone he is only human, he knows the importance of it but just leave him alone it will happens when and if it happens.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 24, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Congratulations to Dravid for reaching 13,000 runs, the batsman to have scored more runs than any other batsman for India since his debut. Take a bow to The Great Wall. The cuts, late-cuts (meeting the ball right in front of the off and middle-stumps) and backfoot drives that he executed in this inning are pure genius and shots of the highest skill, ability and pedigree. Shots of a man in supreme touch. Awesome batting from The Great Wall.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | November 24, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    SPENCE1324,HAVENS WILLNOT FALL,CRORORES WILL CELEBRAT E DONT WORRY

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    ya maybe it is possible pitch is made for tendulkar but see his stats in eng sa aus they tell you a story and i hope sachin gets it here in mumbai 1 becouse it is home gorund 2 so that in the big tour against he bats without any external pressure i wish him all the best and even congratulations to rahul dravid on 13000 runs pity that he missed out on his 6th century this year but what a year he has had hopefully he finishes the year in style at MCG to set up the series for india

  • POSTED BY Predator89 on | November 24, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    such a shame to BCCI for preparing this flat track its obvious that the mumbai cricket board wants sachin to score his 100th tone in Mumbai.FYI BCCI Sachin belongs to India first.Anyways happy to see sachin scoring his 100th tone.We are all forgetting another unsung hero Dravid conratz for crossing 13000 in test Cricket such a talent to India :)

  • POSTED BY NCassie on | November 24, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Carlton Baugh should be shown the door and it should be slammed shut! You can't drop a sitter for a man who already has 99 test hundreds & batting on a dead track. Baugh has falied in all of the India tests with the bat if you can't make runs on a batting wicket when will you get runs? The remainder of the game is only left for Sachin to score his 100 & that will be all. Look forward to seeing Ramdin back in the team for good, Sammy needs to score runs or else let Ramdin wicketkeep & captain and play an all rounder who can BAT & BOWL, Russel looks good enough to replace Sammy's spot on the team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Wish you all the best sachin tmowro will get your 100 no century

  • POSTED BY ani_cric on | November 24, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    yep ..even indian women team can score runs on this pitch tailored for sachin 100th ton . Congrats Dravid u are the best in current Indian team who plays the real game and in real spirit of cricket unlike sachin who choose and plays the games. Bcci encourage gr8 like Dravid and let Sachin go .

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | November 24, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Not a bad contest overall for the 3 Test series. WI is definitely on the way up, and their batsmen have been doing a nice job since the second innings of the second Test. All those saying Tendulkar scores only on flat tracks and BCCI made this pitch esp. for him to score his 100th ton have no clue what they are talking about. They are jealous of Sachin's achievement and BCCI's clout in cricket

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Good going Windies. Remember the basics tomorrow - catches win matches. Stop putting down our chances - focus.

  • POSTED BY Predator89 on | November 24, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Such a shame to BCCI for preparing this kind of track where u specifically want sachin to hit his century in Mumbai.Sachin is an Indian first remember actually i wanted him to score a century in australia in a difficult condition.Sachin u rock by the way

  • POSTED BY Sri_Iyer on | November 24, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    An interesting statistic comes to mind after Dravid reached the 13000 run mark today. As part of an elite club with only 2 members, I noticed that Dravid has reached this landmark in his 160th test innings. If he ends up playing an additional 24 innings (to equal Tendulkar's current tally of 184 innings), with his current average of 53.31, his aggregate runs will be 14340, well short of Tendulkar's tally now. Looking down the list of the most likely contenders to reach high test aggregates, Ponting will reach 14027, Kallis will reach 14109, Jayawardene will reach 12980, Chanderpaul will reach 12025 and Sangalkkara will reach 13778, provided they play on to their 184th innings. The point I am making is that regardless of what happens over the next few years, Tendulkar and Dravid will still be on top of the pile, and Tendulkar's aggregate doesn't look in any danger of being overtaken

    How about that?

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | November 24, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Oh these dead wickets are made for tendulkars !!! yes they are made so that already great platyers like Sachin an pile up century upon century....Good for you guys. But then please dont complain that your fast bowlers keep breaking down so often...surely such tracks, 95% in SubContinent are fast bowlers' graveyards !

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Is this the end of Carlton Baugh?? u cannot put down Tendulkar on 58 especially not when it is a regulation catch

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | November 24, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    If sachin gets his hundred tomo,I will not celebrate because that pitch has been made into a flat road just so he can get it. Shame on the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 24, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    If " Laxman top edged towards a vacant point area" how could he get out when there is no fielder there? This cannot be classified as a "chance"! Your conclusion of stating "these 2 wickets would have swung the match in West Indies favour" is not quite correct.Sachin tends to lose his concentration quite often these days after he gets into 30's (Age related?). His last 2 outs were on cross bat shots - trying to pull the ball on the stumps off Bishoo, resulted in an LBW & a caught. Even though he is close to his century on a very placid wicket, he needs to get it done - not throw away his wicket playing a careless shot.Media has blamed everybody else for putting the pressure on Sachin. But he is his worst enemy - concentrate/focus & get the job done. It was unfortunate Dravid could not get his 6th century of the year to equal the record.He has one more chance in Australia. SRT, VVS, MSD & Kohli are each capable of a ton & get the first innings lead. I like to see at least TWO centuries.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    @ all those saying thanks to india for destroying test cricket, I am sure you are the same people crying over last test match ending so early. By your double standards the picth in SA where a match ended in 3 days was a sporting but anything in India is bad. And for those who are saying that Sachin scores his hnderdson such pitches kindly check his stats in Australia, SA and England. Aus:1500+ runs at an average of over 58 with 6 hundreds in 16 matches,England:1500 +runs @54 with 4 hundreds in 17 matches, SA:1100+ runs @ 46 and 5 hundreds in 15 matches. Combined:4200+ runs @ 53+ and 15 hundreds. Hiding already?

  • POSTED BY Patrick_ on | November 24, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    I think the pitch was specially prepared for Sachin to score century. Let him score it soon so that he can score freely in the next series.

  • POSTED BY neelanchiku on | November 24, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Sachin should get his 100th century tommarow, The Nation waits for it, tomorrow will be the day, i am praying for God...............

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Yes Zahidsaltin, the wicket is indeed tailor made for Indian batsmen to score centuries. But the fact is they don't depend on these kind of wickets to score big. They can score in all kinds of conditions unlike Pakistani flat track bullies. This kind of wicket just makes their job easier.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | November 24, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Well done Dravid for scoring 13,000...For people who only mentioned about Sachin's 100th ton. He is on his way, but not done yet. For all the Indian fans, Dravid is also an Indian batsman, Please appreciate him for what he done for the team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Come on India. All Cricket Lovers Pray for Tendlya Century tomorrow itself.

    Then in Australia he can bat without any tension. ,

    Note: Discount the WI ODI s , Not sure whether he will play.

    So Welcome Tmrw. All Roads in Bombay leads to Wankhede.

  • POSTED BY Shhy on | November 24, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Oh.. who are the saviours then?? Only one match produced result in England against Sri lanka.. and the same happened Sri Lanka and also in middle east.. Now 2 results have been produced and this match we dont even know wat is in store for the next 2 days.. Why are people jumping the gun here and telling India are destroying test cricket??

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 24, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Can anyone explain what is ths point of a pitch like this? Batsmen are flicking Edwards of the pads at 90mph. India win at home by boring their opponents into defeats. If Sachin gets his 100th it will be a real anti-climax but will a tribute to the runs and centuries he has scored in the past but not ths match.

  • POSTED BY Srinisekar on | November 24, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    The pitch is tailor made for Tendulkars 100th 100. If now now it will be never..........

  • POSTED BY sankar8000 on | November 24, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Sehwag is wasting his opportunities! I hope soon he will find his rhythm!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | November 24, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Its nice if Sachin achieves the feat on his home ground in Mumbai....may this is the moment he was waiting for.... all the best for 100th ton & 100 gold coins !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | November 24, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    I certainly do not agree with people who say Test cricket will be killed just because of this pitch, come on it's both ways, there are Test matches where teams can not score 200 even in any innings and then there are Test matches where its difficult to get wickets, excess of anything will kill the sport but just one Test Match can not seal the fate of Test cricket. If we expect a 100 from batsmen on swinging, seaming wickets, we should similarly expect a bowler to excel on fat tracks also.

  • POSTED BY Slickjoe7 on | November 24, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    What is this!!! Hopeless, devoid of any test and a batsman's orgy!Would have been more appropriate to place drones or cardboard cut outs as fielders as the batsman pillage and rape the toothless attacks!After such great test matches (the key word, being test!), this is quite disappointing.It may be a test for bowlers, as the same way it is a test for Sreesanth being logical. i.e. quite fruitless and completely unfounded. Would have been great to see WI with a strength team. Imagine Gayle opening, a fit Taylor, Benn as well as Dwayne Bravo in the team. That would be fantastic

  • POSTED BY peterss on | November 24, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Ashwin! Hope he quickly replaces Harbhajan as the permanent spinner. He has got the edge over bhajji in terms of novelty and it is showing in this series!

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Sachin wil score his tons of ton in australia against australia in boxing day test! Just watch out tomorrow he gets out before 90s only to disappoint the home crowd! Jinxing!!!

  • POSTED BY Big_Poppa_94 on | November 24, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Good luck to Sachin. However, it would've been more satisfying against a more potent bowling attack. But I want him to get the Ton at his home ground. Then when the team tours Australia, the Little Master can play his natural game against the Aussies. India really do have a chance to nick a series win in Australia. They're not as strong as before, but we need to be wary because they proved they can beat teams like South African (who are peaking). It will be closely fought. I feel India need to take Aaron, Yadav, Zaheer (if fit) and Ashwin to Australia. Ishant should play as he's done Punters a few times. Bhaji for experience (but shouldn't start 1st Test). Can't wait. Will be exciting series. I'm also very happy that West Indies posted a very good score. Great that Dwayne Bravo is showing his class too

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Sachin is the GOD of cricket of cricket and d day he retires more than half of India will stop watching test cricket (as you can already see the difference in the crowd b/w 2day & rest of d days. All d tickets sold 2day & hopefully 2morrow also )& then best of luck 2 all who dislike him as then test cricket will surely be dead no matter who-so-ever plays !! Best of luck 2 sachin 4 another feather in his cap !!

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | November 24, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Thanks to India, destroying test cricket one horrible pitch at a time! Way to go :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Sachin on his way to 100th 100 in international cricket. Goodluck Sachin.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Wish Sachin all theBest for tomorrow!Tomorrow is yet another day!IF ONLY TOMORROW COMES, WITH HAPPINESS to the LITTLE MASTER! SreedharanMundanat

  • POSTED BY SamimArif on | November 24, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    It looks like Tendulker intentionally didn't score 100 in the previous games of the tour. Off course Mumbai is the place he will be cheered the most, let's see how nervous he is when the little master gets to the 90s

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Sachin on his way to 100 100's

  • POSTED BY cricman007 on | November 24, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Hats off to Tendy and VVS but Kirk Edwards' display in the field was an absolute disgrace. He let two simple catches off Sammy go abegging. Dravid was his usual cool elegance and the master Sachin has a chance to get the big milestone. I wish Sachin all the best. West Indies should put Edwards to field at third man for the rest of the innings. Such awful fielding should not be tolerated at club level. GO SACHIN!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | November 24, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    THE wicket is tailor made for India's biggest gun to score a hundred so that the wishes of 1 billion people are fulfilled. And one other thing, Test cricket is being killed in India by making these wickets. They are sure decorating centuries and all the batting records against their players names but they are killing test cricket too. It is very obvious, why there ever comes agreat fast bowler from india.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I think Tendulkar can score a Ton tomorrow i.e. 4th day. This Match is heading towards a draw but if the Windies bowlers manage to take a lead then it can be crucial match :D anyways lets see :D

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Great efforts now eyes on tomorrow's first session for the 100th century of master

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Watchful Sachin to hit 100 next day. I am going to watch this at Wankhede Stadium and to worship GOD as well.

  • POSTED BY manth886 on | November 24, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I think it's so important for world cricket that the West Indies are strong. I really enjoyed watching their batting and hope they can pull this one off and finish on a high!

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  • POSTED BY manth886 on | November 24, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I think it's so important for world cricket that the West Indies are strong. I really enjoyed watching their batting and hope they can pull this one off and finish on a high!

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Watchful Sachin to hit 100 next day. I am going to watch this at Wankhede Stadium and to worship GOD as well.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Great efforts now eyes on tomorrow's first session for the 100th century of master

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    I think Tendulkar can score a Ton tomorrow i.e. 4th day. This Match is heading towards a draw but if the Windies bowlers manage to take a lead then it can be crucial match :D anyways lets see :D

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | November 24, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    THE wicket is tailor made for India's biggest gun to score a hundred so that the wishes of 1 billion people are fulfilled. And one other thing, Test cricket is being killed in India by making these wickets. They are sure decorating centuries and all the batting records against their players names but they are killing test cricket too. It is very obvious, why there ever comes agreat fast bowler from india.

  • POSTED BY cricman007 on | November 24, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Hats off to Tendy and VVS but Kirk Edwards' display in the field was an absolute disgrace. He let two simple catches off Sammy go abegging. Dravid was his usual cool elegance and the master Sachin has a chance to get the big milestone. I wish Sachin all the best. West Indies should put Edwards to field at third man for the rest of the innings. Such awful fielding should not be tolerated at club level. GO SACHIN!

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Sachin on his way to 100 100's

  • POSTED BY SamimArif on | November 24, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    It looks like Tendulker intentionally didn't score 100 in the previous games of the tour. Off course Mumbai is the place he will be cheered the most, let's see how nervous he is when the little master gets to the 90s

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    Wish Sachin all theBest for tomorrow!Tomorrow is yet another day!IF ONLY TOMORROW COMES, WITH HAPPINESS to the LITTLE MASTER! SreedharanMundanat

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Sachin on his way to 100th 100 in international cricket. Goodluck Sachin.